Bute farmer and local councillor Robert Macintyre has hit out at two price cuts in the space of three months imposed by the company which buys milk from the island’s dairy farms.
First Milk reduced the price it pays to the island’s 13 dairy farmers by 2p per litre on June 1, and will implement a further cut of 1.75p per litre on August 1.
“This is a real kick in the teeth for dairy farmers all over the UK,” Cllr Macintyre said.
“Different companies have implemented varying sizes of price cuts but none so severe as First Milk’s 3.75p per litre.”
Sir Jim Paice MP, First Milk’s chairman, blamed the cuts on falling commodity prices and said: “While we cannot control global and European market prices, the board of First Milk is working hard to improve the situation and has reduced overheads considerably and will continue to do so.”
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